Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle
Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

10

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

10

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4

    pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1

    teaspoon salt, divided

  • 3/4

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • Cooking spray

  • 20

    ounces uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)

  • 1

    tablespoon butter

  • 3

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 1/2

    cups 1% low-fat milk, divided

  • 2

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1

    (3.5-ounce) jar commercial pesto (about 1/3 cup)

  • 3/4

    cup half-and-half

  • 2

    cups (8 ounces) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 4

    cups halved grape tomatoes (about 2 pints)

  • 1/2

    cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

1. Prepare grill to medium-high heat. 2. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until done, turning after 6 minutes. Remove from grill; let stand 5 minutes. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces; keep warm. 3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Place pasta in large bowl. 4. Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Combine 1/2 cup milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in pesto. Gradually add remaining 1 cup milk and half-and-half, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 8 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1 cup cheese; stir until cheese melts. 5. Add chicken and sauce to pasta, tossing well to coat. Add tomatoes and basil; toss gently. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Serve immediately.

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